Monday, 15 September 2014

CARING FOR YOUR SENIOR CAT: RIP ROCKY =^^=

Hey,

Another slightly different post from me today but it's a subject I thought was important to share. We are a huge nation of pet lovers which has become particularly apparent this week after we've collectively contributed nearly £1.5 million to the Manchester dog sanctuary which tragically got set on fire. What a huge achievement, I hope the home will be able to get back on track and put this massive amount of money to a great cause. Obviously this doesn't distract our attention away from the fact that over 60 dogs have unfortunately died. How anyone could justify doing this is beyond me...

Anyway, as lot of you already know, my poor little kitty cat Rocky (you've probably spotted him in a few outfit posts) died after approximately 19 strong years last week. This week I got approached by [Argos Cat Insurance] and thought it would be a great opportunity to collaborate and share some advice on how to look after your senior cat. Rocky came a massive way from when we first rescued him from the cat sanctuary where he was previously beaten,burnt and cut all over. He slowly learnt to trust and love us, becoming the sweetest natured animal ive ever known.






Cats are incredibly loyal and loving animals and really do become part of the family, so it's important to act accordingly to their age and notice when they need a bit of extra care. I've put together a few handy tips below from my experience to help you and your senior cat live a long and happy life:

Food: Firstly it's important to realise that when your cat reaches around 8 years it's adviced to change their food onto a 'senior' line. Your cat's nutritional requirements change and greater care has to be taken to give them all the vitamins and antioxidants they need. Your cat requires more calories to prevent him/her becoming too thin. I know Rocky got very thin very quickly and we cut up chicken breast into very small pieces to fatten him up a little.

Dental Care: Tooth or gum problems (and smelly breath!) become a lot more common as the cat grows older so they might not be able to chew harder foods. Most senior foods have smaller softer pellets to help them. Rocky struggled to eat anything that wasn't mushed up for him and then the food would just fall out of his mouth! So when you feed your cat mush up their cat food even more than it comes with a fork to help them!

Lifestyle: As your cat gets older he/she won't be able to defend themselves as well as they used to. We have a couple of neighborhood bully cats who always tried to fight with Rocky so I was very cautious to let him outside towards the end. Give them an indoor litter tray so they aren't forced to go outdoors if they don't want to.

Water Intake: Keep an eye on how much water your cat is drinking. I noticed Rocky was drinking his whole bowl of water in one night which was particularly out of character for him, so this was an easy sign to recognize he was ill. Common problems associated with an increase in thirst include Kidney disease and Diabetes.

Lumps: I guess as the same as humans, get into the habit of checking your cat for any lumps, bumps or abnormal swellings. Not every lump will be something to worry about but it's better to take him/her to a vet and get it checked out early. Rocky had a huge tumor on the side of him and unfortunately the kindest thing was to put him down. It's really important to get insurance for your pet to give him/her the best chances as nobody fancies an unexpected £2000 vet bill!

I think what helped Rocky live to such a great age with a healthy life was the huge amount of attention, love and care he received from everyone. I hope this post helped any cat owners out there and that your pet lives a long and happy life. RIP Rocky 

J x

In association with [Argos Cat Insurance]

Sunday, 14 September 2014

50'S CHECKED MIDI

Helloo,

I'm guessing most of you have been around LFW the last few days - i've seen so many of all your street style photos and FROW snaps! I decided to give it all a miss this year which is kind of gutting as I got invited to some really fun breakfasts and events with some great brands but i'm so busy planning and getting ready to go to India next week. Contemplating continuing the blogging when i'm out there but we shall see.

Again a bit of a different outfit from me today, slightly more feminine then i'm used to with the stiletto courts from Whistles and the a line midi skirt. I decided it's probably about time I started dressing a little more erm...sophisticated? Not entirely sure the a line shape particularly suits me very well but nevertheless it's a cute pattern.  







Crop top - eBay // Necklace - Hennes £14.99 // Midi Skirt - Topshop // Shoes - Whistles // Belt - Topshop

What do you think of a line midi skirts?

J x

Friday, 12 September 2014

PURRFECTBOX

Hey,

Now we've all heard of the monthly beauty subscription boxes: Birchbox, Glossybox ect, all of which I honestly don't rate very much. Now please correct me if i'm wrong but I know the items that work for me and I will buy them accordingly. The idea of receiving a random selection of beauty products each month doesn't really appeal. But then again what do I know about beauty? (Not a lot)

Something that does appeal to me (and Misty) a lot more is the idea of a monthly cat goodie box. I recently got the opportunity to review a 'Purrfect Box'. As a lot of you know I had two beautiful kitties, Rocky and Misty. Unfortunately we had to put Rocky down last week after finding out he had a big tumor in his stomach and it was the kindest thing to do :( At the grand age of 19 he had a great life and was the most spoilt and loved cat i've ever known. For the last week Misty has been scouting the house/garden meowing as she goes looking for her best friend, so the arrival of this box of treats came in good timing to cheer the little fluffball up = ^ ^ =

The boxes change every month and start at £15.99. The contents of this box include a Wasabycat scratching post and catnip, Hello Cat snacks, Trixie Multivitamin paste, a spot laser, and a heart cushion. There is something about the actual cardboard box it all came in that Misty is completely obsessed with though - typical! I'm presuming it had some catnip on it as she was rolling around in it for about 20 minutes and I couldn't get her out.










Purrfect Box - c/o Purrfect-box.co.uk


The verdict of this box is a big paws up from Misty with her favourite items being the little heart cushion and the catnip scratching post - i've never seen her go so crazy! We would definitely recommend this to any cat owner to treat their beloved cat to. For anyone that owns cats you'll understand how hard it is to get the little critters to pose photogenically - especially when all she cares about is rolling around in heaps of catnip,

Buy your box [here] Purrfectbox also contribute financial aid from each box towards the protection of animals - a cause I really admire! Don't have a cat? Don't worry they do doggy boxes too :D

J x

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

SIXTIES SCARLETT

Hii,

This outfit is not very 'me' but I thought I would try something different. I was instantly drawn to the bright lime green colour and peter pan collar on this cute sixties style shift dress and thought it was a great easy to wear smart/casual occasion dress. I'm a big fan of the sixties, especially the latter part of the decade, think bell bottoms, batik fabrics and tie dye - perfect! I've dressed it down slightly with a leather jacket and chunky sandals for this post but I can imagine wearing it with some JC Litas for a wedding... I just never get invited to any gah!

At £45 I think this Sugarhill Boutique dress is great statement piece and excellent quality. Buy via Scarlett Fashion [here].






Dress - Sugarhill Boutique c/o Scarlett Fashion // Sandals - £39.99 New Look // Leather Jacket - c/o Warehouse 

What do you think of 60's style fashion?

J x

Sunday, 7 September 2014

FOLK AND FLOWERS WITH MISSGUIDED

Hey,

Just a quick post today, with all this regular blogging of mine i've run out of things to say. Surprising I know! Anyway award for the cutest tassel floral embroidered dress goes to [Missguided] - hoorah. I love the simple shape of this shift dress with the bottom half doing all the talking. The floral embroidery gives it a bohemian edge - a trend i've been particularly inspired by this season.  Sara from [Waiste] spring to mind, she hits this trend on the head so effortlessly. #superbabe






Tassel dress - c/o Missguided // Platform shoes - £65 Topshop // Bag - Very.co.uk // Sun choker - Car boot sale £2

Going on some travels to India very soon and thinking of starting up a new travelling blog on the side to this one, what do you guys think, would you be interested in reading it? Or I could just do some posts on here... hm idk. Exciting times anyway. 

J x